What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying “I believe…” as proof of that belief.
Williams and McKibben in Oriented Leadership
STEWARDSHIP AND THE STEWARD
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life which acknowledges our responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote our spiritual growth and strengthen our faith. We become Stewards when we believe in God and begin to act on our beliefs. As Orthodox Christians, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. By our faith, we are called to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which we have been blessed. An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and related institutions.
STEWARDSHIP IS ABOUT THE JOY OF GIVING FREELY
Stewardship is a practice that can help shape our world and ourselves in such a way that we can experience God's grace, love and communion in the present. Stewardship is about what is possible for us as humans now rather than later. Rather than living with a fear of judgement when we enter the kingdom of God, Stewardship is the potential for experiencing great joy now. Stewardship is your gift to God in thanksgiving for all he has done for you. God is never outdone in generosity. A Steward is a manager, someone who looks after someone else’s property. That is what we are. We are all managers in God’s kingdom, and we have a responsibility to protect and grow God’s gifts.
Stewardship is an opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It allows us to participate in the work of God. Giving is not a substitute for commitment – it is an expression of your commitment. As St. John Chrysostom said, “A Rich Man is not one who has much but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.”
Please take time to make your Stewardship Commitment today and enable our Church to grow her ministries and carry on her mission. For your convenience, you may print a 2016 Stewardship Pledge Card here. You may mail it or place it in the Stewardship Box located in the Narthex at any time.
More information about Stewardship
- 2016 Stewardship Pledge Card
- What does it mean to be a "Member In Good Standing"?
- Payment Options/Questions
Save the Date
October 7 - Gyro Cart at Bartlett Mall!
Our Annunciation Gyro Food Cart is back during Bartlett Mall Day in Newburyport on Saturday, October 7th from 11AM-2PM. We will be selling chicken gyro/kabobs, hot dogs and hamburgers, soda, water and desserts. Please come by for lunch and support our booth as well as the Bartlett Mall and Parks Commission. See attached flyer for additional events happening on the Mall that day! Rain date: Sunday, October 8th.
October 21 - Taverna Dinner
Join us on Saturday, October 21st , for an authentic Greek four course meal including mezes, soup and salad, choice of Lamb Shank or Shrimp w/feta, orzo and Greek green beans, followed by a Greek pastry dessert assortment, Greek wines, beer, Ouzo and Metaxa. Contact Andrea Jones email@example.com or Ruth Riley firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation today!
November 5 - Godparents Sunday & Brunch
Godparent Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 5th following Divine Liturgy. Everyone is welcome to celebrate their godparents and godchildren. More details will follow.
November 19 - Lessons & Carols
This adaptation of Royal Hours of Christmas along with Orthodox carols from around the world and Christmas carol sing alongs will be presented by our Annunciation Church choir along with the Holy Trinity Choir on Sunday, November 19th at 5 pm at Holy Trinity Church in Concord, NH. A festive reception will follow.
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